Operating outside the disciplinary process of the College, we regularly assess our members against expected competencies and standards, and educate and support them to implement any necessary practice improvements.
IMPROVING OUR APPROACH TO PRACTICE QUALITY
In 2015, the College moved all of its practice quality activities under one administrative umbrella. Our new Continuing Competence department enables a more holistic approach to ensuring career-long competence and practice quality, based on these principles:
All physicians in Alberta participate and benefit.
Physician information obtained during a competence process is subject to the confidentiality provisions of Sections 52 and 53 of the Health Professions Act.
In a continuum from quality improvement through quality assurance, the program ensures physicians meet minimum standards and supports them in striving for excellence.
The approach is based on the needs of the individual.
The transition of the Continuing Competence department will continue in 2016, as programs are aligned and integrated into
the new framework.
Learn more about different program areas within Continuing Competence through these brief videos:
*Note: The Physician Achievement Review (PAR) Program is undergoing a major review. A new general assessment tool is currently in development.
MENTORS SUPPORT PHYSICIANS TO
IMPROVE OPIOID PRESCRIBING
A new approach to helping physicians reduce opioid use by
their patients is showing early success.
Using Triplicate Prescription Program data, the College identifies patients receiving an exceptionally high oral morphine equivalent (OME) for chronic, non-cancer pain and works with the patient’s physician to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed.
We provide mentorship, educational resources and tools to help the physician develop strategies for tapering opioid use while safely managing the care of these complex patients.
The first year of the program has yielded positive results:
all seven physicians who accepted a mentor in 2015 were able to
reduce the opioid use of their patients, on average by 22%.
BATTLING RX DRUG ABUSE
With the use of benzodiazepine and similar medications (typically used to treat anxiety) on the rise, the College-administered Triplicate Prescription Program started monitoring these prescriptions in 2015.
TPP data helps the College identify high-risk prescribing patterns so we can work with physicians to improve the quality of their prescribingfor safer patient care.
Just like their patients, physicians can develop health conditions that affect their ability to work. When they do, they deserve the same care and compassion they provide to others.
To minimize the impact on their practice, the College encourages physicians, medical students and residents with health conditions to seek medical attention early.
Watch this short video clip to learn more about the Physician Health Monitoring Program from Dr. Susan Ulan.